All news at a glance – news archive of the Cluster of Excellence

Research results, workshops, conferences, lectures, cultural projects and current research-based statements: you can find all news published online by the Cluster in chronological order here. In addition, information sent to the national and international media is provided in the press releases section.

More than 1,000 Ancient Sealings Discovered

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Classical scholars from the Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics” of the University of Münster discovered a large number of sealings in south-east Turkey. This group of artefacts comprising more than 1,000 pieces from the municipal archive of the ancient city of Doliche gives many insights into the local Graeco-Roman pantheon – from Zeus to Hera to Iuppiter Dolichenus, who turned into one of the most important Roman deities from this site.

When People Hear Voices from Beyond

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Not just material for fantasy films: according to research findings, people have been concerned with “voices from the beyond” since antiquity until today in various works of art as well as life contexts. In a novel research project, researchers from various subjects at the Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics” analysed the medium of the “voice” in Hinduism, Christianity, Islam and other religions.

“God Beyond Boundaries”

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“God Beyond Boundaries”, written by the Religious Studies Scholar and Theologian Perry Schmidt-Leukel of the Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics”, deals with the essential features and benefits of a pluralist approach in the theology of religions.

“European Muslims perceive the EU more positively than other Europeans”

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According to a study of the Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics”, Muslims in Europe have a more positive view of the European Union (EU) compared to all other groups of the European population. “On average, Muslims have a higher level of trust in EU institutions than members of other religious or non-religious groups such as Christians and those unaffiliated with any religion,” says political scientist Prof. Dr. Bernd Schlipphak.

New Video: Interreligious Theology

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In a new episode of the video series, “Research Projects in Focus” scholar of Religious Studies Prof. Schmidt-Leukel gives insight into his research project “Interreligious Theology” at the Cluster of Excellence. The scholar examines what the world religions think of each other and how they explain that there are more religious traditions other than their own. Never before has mankind been more aware of how many religions there are than today. This harbours a great potential for conflicts, says the scholar. If the religions manage, however, to come closer together, this has great potential for peace.

“Contemporary History of Religions“

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In the first episode of the new video series “Research Projects in Focus“ contemporary historian Prof. Dr. Thomas Großbölting gives insight into his research project “Contemporary History of Religions” at the Cluster of Excellence. The scholar analyses how religion has stirred people in recent German history and looks at the decades since the Second World War in particular.

“The Construction of Time in Antiquity”

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Time has always held a fascination for human beings, who have attempted to relate to it and to make sense of it, constructing and deconstructing it through its various prisms, since time cannot be experienced in an unmediated way.

The Monograph “Culture of Ambiguity” in Arabic

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The widely acclaimed monograph “The Culture of Ambiguity” by the Arabist and Leibniz prize winner Prof. Dr. Thomas Bauer of the Excellence Cluster “Religion and Politics” of the University of Münster has been recently translated into Arabic.

Interreligious Theology internationally discussed

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The new theories of religious diversity of the scholar of religious studies Prof. Dr. Perry Schmidt-Leukel from the Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics” attract interest from researchers in China. The Minzu University of China in Beijing has invited the scholar to present his fractal interpretation of religious diversity and to discuss it together with Chinese scholars.

Chinese Translation of „Transformation by Integration“

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The monograph “Transformation by Integration” by the scholar of religious studies and theologian Prof. Dr. Perry Schmidt-Leukel from the Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics” has been published in Chinese translation by the Religious Culture Publishing House, Beijing.

Burqa Bans in European Democracies

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Political scientist Dr. Ulrike Spohn spoke on burqa bans and their rationales. In a working paper published on the website of WWU’s Centre for Religion and Modernity (Centrum für Religion und Moderne, CRM), she discusses the problematic nature of legal burqa bans in the context of European democracies.

Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics” makes it to the next stage

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The German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG) has invited the Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics” to submit a full proposal for a new funding period starting in 2019. The speaker of the Cluster of Excellence, sociologist of religion Prof. Dr. Detlef Pollack, stated: “We are pleased that we may elaborate the new research programme that we have developed in our draft proposal under the title ‘Religion and Politics. Dynamics of Tradition and Innovation’.”

Dialogues on Peace 2017

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The city of Münster has now presented the programme of this year's “Dialogues on Peace” (Dialoge zum Frieden).
In the Reformation Year 2017, the series draws on the historical episode of the Anabaptists and deals with the causes of religiously motivated violence. Hans Blumenberg Visiting Professor at the Cluster of Excellence Prof. Dr. Thomas Hauschild will discuss the subject “Identity. Fundamentalism. Violence – the radicalisation of religious movements” on 5 October.

“Religious politics neglected”

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In the radio programme “Tag für Tag” (Day by Day) of Deutschlandfunk, scholar of religious studies Prof. Dr. Ulrich Willems talked about the relevance of religious political topics in the Bundestag elections campaigns. The scholar from the Cluster of Excellence argued that in recent years, the parties markedly neglected religious political issues.

Religious Transformation in Late Antiquity

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The expropriation and destruction of synagogues in late antiquity are in the focus of an international workshop of the Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics” from 14 to 17 September, organized by historian Prof. Dr. Johannes Hahn.